Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for 2nd August 2017

Three days off work and I struggled to write this up in time. Still, those three days included a wonderful moment of me and my daughter sitting in Starbucks and reading comics. Proud father.

Wednesday is here again so what wonderful NEW comics do we have to look forward to? Read on.

Last Week’s Picks

Zojaqan, Alien Bounty Hunter and John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction were all exceptionally good reading. Great to see all 3 of those indie titles receiving huge plaudits online.

This Week’s Picks

Spiritus – Vault Comics
W: Tim Daniel
A: Michael Kennedy

Let me start by saying I’m not employed by Vault Comics. It may seem that way after last week and this week, nevertheless I have followed this publisher since day one and that’s all down to one person, Tim Daniel. Tim is a writer I first got to know after picking up his comic entitled Enormous. Being a huge Godzilla fan and sci-fi movies similar to The Thing, Enormous was perfect to me in every way. Quickly becoming one of my favourite writers, I instantly sought more information and found Tim on Twitter. Which then brought about my introduction to Vault.

Spiritus is Tim Daniel’s second release on Vault and a release that show’s how diverse his writing is. Fissure the first release on Vault was pure B-movie sci-fi. The Atoll (215 Ink) was an at sea thriller. Curse and Burning Fields both had modern takes on classic horror cliches and now we have Spiritus. Synopsis below gives the perception of a futuristic sci-fi thriller. Pretty varied writing if you ask me.

Art by Michael Kennedy has received praise from the likes of Sean Phillips (Kill or be Killed, Criminal). While edgy, rough lines and a dynamic colour palette may take some readers time to adjust to, it’s art that’s strangely engrossing.

A champion fighter convicted of murder, Kinju Dayal faces automated confinement: The transfer of her consciousness into a state programmed labour machine. But a ruthless underworld boss diverts Kinju into a vessel unshackled from its rigid programming. Only Federal Marshal Rueben Reveles stands between the armoured warrior and sanctuary.

Spiritus is my top pick of new #1 comics out this week.

Elsewhere – Image Comics
W: Jay Faerber
A: Sumeyye Kesgi

Anyone who decides to write historical figures into new, offbeat fictional stories can have my full attention.

Elsewhere gives us American aviation pioneer and author Amelia Earhart in a “what really happened to” story. During a flight to circumnavigate the globe, Earhart disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in July 1937.

Writer Jay Faerber has taken that disappearance story and ran with it. Seemingly putting Earhart in an alternate dimension. Did she end up transported there via The Devil’s Sea, the Pacific’s version of the Bermuda Triangle? No idea, but I will be picking this one up.

Art is by Istanbul-based comic artist Sumeyye Kesgi. A rising star in the comic industry who has done previous work with Marc Silvestri on Rise of Magi, another great fantasy adventure. Elsewhere intrigues me to the point that I nearly made this my pick of the week.

Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!


Jack Kirby 100: The New Gods Special
W: Shane Davis, Walt Simonson
A: Michelle Delecki

I cannot say any more about Jack Kirby that hasn’t already been said, the guy is legendary. In the year that would have been Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday DC is releasing a bunch of one shots based on the characters he created. New Gods stands out to me as they were the first DC creation of Kirby’s that I read.

Walt Simonson adds a backup story within this one shot that tells the story of a young Orion and Seagrin. Including a reprint of the classic New Gods tale by Jack Kirby, this is definitely worth a purchase.

In a feature length story, Orion and Lightray must come to the aid of Forager and his people, as Kalibak has established a brutal dictatorship over the Bug colony. In confronting his evil brother, Orion faces the darker side of his own nature.

That’s my 3 picks for this week. What are you picking up? Something different? Let me know in the comments below.

Oh and I almost forgot … READ MORE COMICS!